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I'm Lystrialle and I'm a folk/neofolk producer who uses :vocalo_v5: and sometimes :utau: (but really, I'm up for anything)!

I mostly make songs in English, often with and , and I also put out an album earlier this year!

And here's the most recent song I posted:

Oh, I guess I'm also a web admin for VocaLounge now 😊

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Current household

:vocalo_v5: Amy, Chris, Kaori, Ken, VY1, VY2, Cyber Diva, CYBER Songman
:vocalo_v4: VY1, Kagamine Rin/Len (Japanese/English), Nekomura Iroha (Natural/Soft), Ruby, Dex, Daina, UNI
:vocalo_v3: VY1, Mew, VY2, Avanna, Merli, MAYU, MEIKO, KAITO, SeeU
:vocalo_v1: MIRIAM, KAITO, MEIKO

And of course I have my own :utau:, Hana

If you ever get the urge to ask someone "why don't you own [vocalsynth product]", the correct answer is "pay me and we'll see".

I think we should make a vocalsynth webring. Like, just go full 2000s and properly introduce Miku to early 2000s webpages. Make a shrine to your favorite character with a hit counter and one of those "web clap" thingies.

Real talk, an invaluable part of the reason I like making Vocaloid work is *because* I'm really proud to be one of so many super awesome and talented creators, not just to work with them but also to consider myself one of them, and it's a huge source of motivation for me, so.

Anyway, congrats to the Kotonoha sisters on their SynthV announcement!

In 2014 I convinced myself that since I'm just a "hobby" composer, I have no good justification for getting a hard drive larger than 1 TB. Today, I'm looking at my list of VSTs and my current hard drive allotment and feeling a bit irritated at my past self...

Plus, the idea of a "starter" only works when you're assuming someone has a long-term plan of buying multiple, but in actuality money is limited and sometimes you really just want one or a few that'll fit what you need without spending too much's a multifaceted issue.

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This goes for the sentiment of using programming quality as the sole determiner in general. Sure, a voice I like might be "harder to use", but a "quality" vocal that doesn't match any of my desired use cases will be even harder to work with.

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Every so often I hear about the "starter vocalsynth" again, and...I do get it to a certain degree, but I think this is a myth. Vocalsynth is hard in general; you'll have much more motivation during the learning curve if you like the voice than with an "easy" one you're meh on.

Anyway, I have two things to say here:
1) I tried out Miku Tap Wonder and noticed MEIKO was consistently the last unlock. Normally I'd object, but it ends up making her consistently the Most Powerful, so I'll accept this.

2) It's my birthday today. :)

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Hello everyone ~ I'm sorry I've completely vanished the last month, as you probably guessed given what I said before vanishing it was another mental health and self-care thing. I'm doing okay, though, and I figure it's not good for me to withdraw completely in public. Unfortunately, coupled with "mental health withdrawal" did come "writer's block" so that's also why you haven't heard anything from me lately. But I don't really *enjoy* doing nothing (as I said earlier), so, enough is enough!

Surprise, translation is actually an art form on its own. I don't even mean this poetically, it *literally* is.

The only respect you've paid is to the structure of the original language. You completely disregarded the author's feelings and intent in the process. I can hardly call that respect.

And I can call it even less respect if you use that as an excuse to be condescending about it.

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There's a certain...type of person who argues that being interpretive (read: following any reasonable standard set by centuries of debate on translation theory) is desecration to the art, because somehow daring to touch the sanctity of the original words is disrespect.

But in actuality I guarantee that you are ruining it by adhering to language structure and not the sentiment, which is what the art was going for in the first place.

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As someone with an educational background in linguistics/translation, and who identifies as an artist (in the musical/lyrical sense), I'm gonna lay it down for you right now: if you try to translate something in a "word for word"/"literal" sense, you *will* destroy the art.




hello! i'm azariosc and i just migrated to this instance! i'm mostly known for voicing the utaus maria and mario fuwa, but i also do my own covers and draw! previous known usernames of mine are whatthenaia, 776-chan, nanaro, and azazel.

i call myself a jack-of-all-trades, and i'm currently in the process of getting in touch with the utau community. with that being said, it's nice to meet you all! ^^ i hope we can all get along somehow

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A Mastodon instance specializing in Vocaloid, UTAU, and anything relevant to vocalsynth culture.